Solarmer and Berman Glass Studios develop textured glass solar PV panel

Generating solar electricity from modular glass panels that are attractive from a design standpoint was the inspiration behind a joint development project involving Solarmer Energy (Solarmer; El Monte…

Generating solar electricity from modular glass panels that are attractive from a design standpoint was the inspiration behind a joint development project involving Solarmer Energy (Solarmer; El Monte, California) and Joel Berman Glass Studios (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Solarmer develops transparent, flexible solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for applications not addressable by conventional solar energy technology. Joel Berman Glass Studios designs and manufactures decorative glass for architecture and design. The two companies have reportedly jointly developed a decorative photovoltaic (PV) glass panel that is capable of generating clean renewable electricity, and is, the companies say, well suited for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) applications. The PV glass panels feature Joel Berman Glass Studios“ signature textured kiln-cast glass laminated to Solarmer Energy“s transparent plastic solar cells, which are, the two companies say, suitable for use in applications where decorative glass is desired and generation of solar energy is feasible. According to the companies, the materials and manufacturing technologies employed by Solarmer result in a lower cost alternative to traditional silicon-based solar technologies. Paired with Joel Berman Glass Studios“ designer textured glass, the ensuing panels are said to offer architects and designers an attractive and affordable means of integrating photovoltaics into building applications.